Breach Brief – Government Payment Service Inc.

Published On September 19, 2018 | By Tom Huskerson | Breach Briefs

Government Payment Service Inc, doing business as GovPayNow.com has suffered a data breach reaching back to 2012. The service accepts online payments for over 2,300  local governments in 35 states. It handles payments for court-ordered fines, traffic tickets and licensing fees. KrebsonSecurity.com reported that more than 14 million customer records may have been compromised.   Names, addresses, phone numbers and the last four digits of credit cards is among the compromised data.

Notified of the leak by KrebsOnSecurity.com, GovPayNow.com learned that records could be accessed by manipulating the digits in the web address displayed by each receipt. The payment site released a statement saying it had corrected a “potential issue,” adding while there was “no indication that any improperly accessed information was used to harm any customer” the company has updated its systems to prevent the situation from repeating itself.

According to GovPayNow.com the information is public record and can accessed by other methods.

 

 

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Tom Huskerson Bio Born in Richmond Virginia Tom Huskerson is a military veteran who settled in California after his discharge. He attended Santa Barbara City College where he began his writing career as a campus reporter. He worked as an intern news reporter for the Santa Barbara News-Press writing feature stories before moving on to San Francisco. At San Francisco State University Tom studied broadcast communications and began to focus on the Internet. He completed his graduate thesis on Internet advertising. Tom was the first student to ever focus on the Internet as a graduate student at San Francisco State University. After graduation he went to work for Zona Research in California’s Silicone Valley. As a research associate Tom supported senior analyst writing on the latest developments in the Internet industry. During the dot com boom Tom worked for several web businesses as a market researcher and analyst. As a writer and researcher Tom has authored various technical works including a training program for Charles Schwab security. Other projects included professional presentations on workplace violence and hiring security contractors. Tom has returned to focus on writing both fiction and non-fiction works and blogging for a travel website. He has published two books of short stories and completed two novels. Tom is the owner of Scribe of Life Literature and EbonyCandle. Most recently Tom has launched the blog African American Cyber Report. The blog is the result of his desire to inform the African American community of the dangers and benefits of the cyber age. In his blog Tom reports on information security, new and analysis, scams and hoaxes, legal happenings and various topics that arise from the age of information. Tom believes that technology is a necessary tool for black people and they should know what is happening. Tom writes believing that techno speak is for the professional and that valuable information can be communicated using plain language. As a result he has embraced the motto, Less Tech, More Knowledge.

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